The all-new 2020 Lincoln Aviator three-row luxury SUV fills an important slot in Lincoln’s lineup. Before now, Lincoln shoppers looking for three rows of seats had either the dated, wagon-esque MKT or large, truck-based Navigator from which to choose. With the Aviator, Ford’s luxury brand now has an SUV to take on models like the Audi Q7, BMW X5 and Volvo XC90.
Besides the usual decisions around trim level, convenience features and safety equipment, Aviator shoppers also must decide which of two powertrains — a conventional gas engine or Lincoln’s first plug-in hybrid drivetrain — is right for them. Here’s a closer look at how they compare and which one we recommend.